CappersInfo is back with its BYU Cougars vs. St. Mary’s Gaels picks and predictions, as we look to give you all of the college basketball advice and tips that you need to beat your online sportsbook for this crucial Thursday night tilt.
College Basketball Picks: BYU Cougars @ St. Mary’s Gaels
Date: Thursday, February 21st, 11:00 ET
Location: McKeon Pavilion, Moraga, CA
BYU vs. St. Mary’s Live TV: ESPN2
Thursday night might be the most important night in the WCC all year long. BYU and St. Mary’s are consummate bubble teams, and both badly need a win over the other, knowing that neither has a shot at beating Gonzaga in all likelihood this year. The Zags were able to pummel the Gaels just last week, and these next two home games against the Cougs and the Creighton Blue Jays are likely must haves to get into the field. BYU isn’t playing BracketBusters this year, and that means that it is going to have to at least split these games against St. Mary’s and Gonzaga coming up to have a shot at getting in. It wouldn’t hurt to beat another of these teams in the WCC Tournament as well. The last time these two met, a buzzer beat gave St. Mary’s a narrow 70-69 escape from Provo. It’s not quite going to be payback time, as BYU has had a tough time on the road all year long, winning just a few games in conference play against the lesser teams in the league. However, this could be another close call. We think that there are going to be a heck of a lot of points in this one as well, and it is going to be one of these high scoring affairs that comes right down to the wire.
BYU vs. St. Mary’s Pick: Over 150
BYU vs. St. Mary’s Prediction: St. Mary’s 82 – BYU 78